One of my favorite snacks of all time is granola. When I saw this recipe for Small Batch Honey-Pistachio Granola on my dear friend, Kelley’s blog, Mountain Mama Cooks, I had to make it. My kids and I loved it, and we have made it so many times that we know it by heart. I decided to change up her recipe just slightly to make this Small Batch Granola for some last minute holiday food gifts. I substituted pecans and almonds for her pistachios, but both versions are spectacularly simple. I found these super cute Christmas tree shaped jars at Walmart, and I had made budget friendly food gifts with ease. I gave one of these to my friends yesterday, and she called to tell me it was already gone. She asked for the recipe. Well, here it is….
Small Batch Granola
1/3 cup pecans
1/2 cup almonds
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons local honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 small pinch kosher salt
2. In a small bowl, combine oats and nuts; set aside.
3. In a small sauce pan, over low heat, combine oil and honey. Stir until honey and oil are thin and just barely warm. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and kosher salt. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and stir to combine. Spread oat mixture onto a baking sheet lined with a non-stick baking sheet or parchment paper.
4. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir granola lightly and rotate pan. Cook another 5 minutes. Stir granola lightly and cook another 5 to 7 minutes. Remove granola from oven and let cool on pan. Transfer granola to a glass or other airtight container. Store on counter and eat within 7 days.
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